Monthly Archives: July 2012

Quadraceratops at the Jazz Meet

Last night we assembled the band to play at Floripa for The Jazz Meet. We were up against the Olympics (including the beach volleyball event I think!), so there weren’t so many people around for the first set, but an enthusiastic bunch turned up for the second set and seemed to like what they heard. Rob Coley played all sorts of jazz and funk delights during between sets –  a perfect soundtrack to catching up with some friends and family who had come down to the gig. Sadly I didn’t take a single photo, not even of the giant parrots on the venue walls, so this post is image-less, but if you pop down to Floripa for a cocktail you’ll see the tropical vibes they’ve got going on. It’s a nice room to play in and we had fun – big thanks to Rob and The Jazz Meet for having us along. There was even some mailing list sign-up action, so I should get on with setting that up.

The next Quadraceratops gig is going to be at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, for SE Collective. They’ve been hosting weekly Tuesday night gigs for about a year, putting on loads of great bands from South East London and beyond. It will be really nice to play there, so come down if you’re around…our gig is on Tuesday 4th September.

Sax quartet goes into the studio…

I spent Monday and Tuesday this week recording with Tom Ward’s sax quartet (which might be called ‘The Madwort Saxophone Quartet’). The session was at House of Strange, a fantastical studio run by Ash Gardner, complete with extra-colourful wall art and a full costume department….although, sadly, the only two photos I took feature neither of these elements.

Tom had seven original tunes ready to record, so the two days was plenty of time to get stuck in. We even had time to record some group improvisations, which was a first for the band and something that will definitely be featuring in future activities. It was a heavy two days of playing for me on baritone sax, with several takes of each tune plus rehearsing, but I had a great time and felt like I could have gone for another day by the end.

Tom is currently listening through the many hours of music we produced, and will be putting it all together into some kind of record. Originally this was going to be a short EP, but with the amount we ended up getting done, who knows….